Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Old Love and the New Love, my new novel

My new novel, The Old Love and the New Love (Ottawa, Baico, 2012, IBN 978-1-926945-70-5, $18.95 pb)has just been published by Baico Publishing of Ottawa (

The Old Love and the New Love combines humour, romance, history and action in showing how the past comes back to haunt us.

The plot:

When Cleo's old lover, Leo Phelan, whom she hasn't seen in a decade, turns up on her doorstep, she is flustered, not flattered. Should she invite him to join her and her husband, Andy, for dinner? Will Leo be the serpent in their Eden? Little does she know that Leo poses a different sort of threat. Gradually she realizes how tangled she is in the ties that bound them.

Here is an excerpt from the novel:

"Andy went out the door into the darkness. I pressed the button, heard the peeping start, and dashed over the threshold. Then a dark figure, his face hidden by a balaclava, sprang from behind the dumpster. Andy was hoisting the dog food bag into the box of the Suburban as the assailant caught him from behind in a choke hold.

"I set the cat food bag on the threshold to keep the door from closing, so the alarm would speed up in frequency and intensity. As the men struggled, I bent and grabbed the loose brick that I'd tripped on. I was about to aim it at the attacker's head when I saw that Andy was taking care of himself."...

The Old Love and the New Love is being launched on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Emerald Plaza Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (in the Emerald Plaza on Merivale Road) All are welcome. Roger and I hope to see you there.